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towns in western ukraine have been taken over by armed national radicals under extremist anti-russian and other slogans being used. on the 21st of february, almost three months after the unrest and the excesses, there was an agreement between the president of ukraine and the opposition whereby they signed by the ministers of foreign affairs of germany, poland, and other countries where they refused to bring in an emergency situation. they took to the streets. the opposition did not do anything. the use of legitimate weapons was not surrendered. civic buildings were not freed. radicals are continuing to control the towns. instead of a promise of the national unity government based in the formation of the -- the parliament of ukraine made a decision limiting the rights of minorities, sent away the judges of the constitutional court, and insists on pursuing them criminally. their arguments to limit or make it punishable to ban political parties that do not suit them and to use them as examples, so the victors want to use assurances of their victory to trample the rights and basic freedom
putin. there are reports from southern ukraine that 2,000 russian troops have landed there. one ukrainian leader has called on russia to stop the provocation, stop the aggression and said the ukrainian army is prepared to defend it's territory. we'll get the very latest live from ukraine, but first the day's fast-moving events in a country that is geographically and culturally at the crossroads of east and west. >> troops with no insignia took control of the crimeaen airports. ten russian helicopters flew into ukraine air space. watching it all very closely is united states. secretary of state john kerry discussing rising tensions this morning. >> we raise the issue of the airports, we raise the issue of armored vehicles and personnel in various places. while we were told that they are not engaging in any violation of the sovereignty and do not intend to, i nevertheless made it clear that that could be misinterpreted at the moment, and there are enough tensions that it is important for everybody to be extremely careful not to inflame the situation, and not to send the wrong mess
now! we are on the brink of disaster. there was no reason for the russian federation to invade ukraine. the entire global the unitywill support of ukraine. confrontationest between moscow and the west since the cold war, russian troops have seized the crimean section of ukraine a week after the ouster of ukraine's pro-russian prime minister. but more of ukraine falter russian forces? we will speak with the a professor timothy snyder and former cia analyst ray mcgovern. and then xl dissent. >> hundreds of young people came here from all over the country, 42 states committed show president obama that keystone xl is not ok and not in our national interest. >> nearly 400 students and other young people are arrested after they chained themselves to the gates of the white house, calling on president obama to reject the keystone xl tar sands pipeline. a love that in more coming up. -- all of that and more coming out. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. russian troops have seized part of ukraine's crimean peninsula in what has become moscow's bi
that was russian's man in ukraine in which viktor yanukovich asked for the russian forces to come to the aid of ukraine. take a listen to the long standing russian ambassador to the u.n. reading the letter. >> the country is in outright terror and driven by the west and people are persecuted on political and language grounds and i appeal to president of russia putin to use the russian federation to protect the people of ukraine. >> so the reading of the letter is new, and that is very interesting, but the russian position, tony, has not changed, the russians they are coming to aid of the people in the ukraine, particularly in crimea because they are seeing the opposing of viktor yanukovich, the removing of him from power as a coup by the european union and the united states. >> well, harsh words in response a to russia's justification for moving the forces into the ukraine, what did the u.s. ambassador have to say. >> yes, she's the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. and saying what are you kidding me, when did moscow suddenly care about human rights. >> what might think that moscow is a rapid resp
efforts to stabilize the situation? ukraine. secretary of state john kerry meeting with russian's foreign minister in paris. >> crimea, was, is, and will be an integral part of the state of ukraine. >> ukraine's new prime minister talking about those tensions in crimea. as russian navy ships remain in the port. >>> and the american fighter jet that is costing taxpayers a fortune right now. ♪ >>> top diplomats trying to end the crisis in ukraine gathering in paris. john kerry is in paris trying to diffuse the crisis in ukraine. earlier today, his counterpart climbing there are no russian forces on the ground. >> the people do not listen to our orders, but the russian military forces in the black sea fleet are placed at the right spots a and some special alert measures have been adopted to control the black sea feet, because as our president said we are not going to allow any blood to be spilled. >> phil ittner joins us live now from paris. >> del, sergey lavrov may say there are no troops, but as far as the west is concerned those are russian troops. it appears as though the tactic is go
the russian president there on the crisis in ukraine due to house more. absolutely appalled by their fruits in every answer a simple russia has been saying from day one no one since the setting sun in the war would be great for taking all four consecutive region for that matter and also moscow's military drills making headlines around the world are nothing more than western media might the report notes for the use of milk three fourths there's no need for that at the moment and the military drills that took place recently have nothing to do with the situation in ukraine we have this option but it is an extreme measure house for the legitimacy of the president get a call that request and russia to use military force to protect the lives and wellbeing of ukrainians. the nationalists and ukraine or empowered after victory on the call that gave into the demands all the off position and signed up for pretty much everything that they were looking to achieve the ends to win so he gave them a free upgrade to all of the country and under the circumstances by wilkinson said that it's understandable w
ukraine. russian troops surround ukrainian military facilitators in crimea. the ukrainian prime minister calls it a declaration of war. secretary of state john kerry issues a new warning to russia next on pbs "newshour weekend." >> pbs "newshour weekend" is made possible by louis b. and louise coleman. judy and josh westin. the walloch family, rosalynn p. walter. corporate finding provided by mutual of america designing customized individual retirement. that's why we're your retirement company. additional support is provided by -- and by public broadcasting and contributions from pbs viewers like you. thank you. from the tisch studios linc center in new york hari sreenivasan. >> thank you for joining us. international crisis surrounding ukraine benefitsified with many experts describing the situation as the greatest threat to east-west relations since the cold war. russian troops invade territory of crimea in the last hours today surrounded ukrainian mirlts. the prime minister of ukraine said that action brought the neighboring companies within what he described as a few inches
you breaking news coverage on the crisis in ukraine, growing concerns of a russian invasion. stories escalating by the moment. we just heard a little while ago from jim acosta, our senior white house correspondent, the united states is now actively considering the possibility of not attending the g-8 summit in sochi, russia, in june unless the russians withdraw their troops from ukraine. don't get involved militarily. the immediate and former u.s. ambassador to russia, michael mcfaul is joining us once again. he's back in stanford university, only back a couple days, ambassador and the situation is escalating by the moment. i want you to listen to what senator john mccain told us here in "the situation room" just a little while ago about president obama. >> it's been clear that maybe the president of the united states has been a bit naive about vladimir putin and his ambitions. >> you served the president of the united states, you were named as his ambassador in moscow, you're a scholar when it comes to russia and the former soviet union. is the president a bit naive when it comes to
with russian combat troops seizing control of the crimean peninsula after a bloodless showdown. ukraine's prime minister is calling it a declaration of war. tonight his country's outgunned and outnumbered army has been placed on a war footing while the u.s. and its european allies are working to punish russia economically and politically. and late word this afternoon that u.s. secretary of state john kerry will soon be on his way to the region. we're covering developments from washington to crimea, which is where nbc's bill neely starts us off tonight. bill? >> reporter: yes, russia's takeover of crimea, lester, is almost complete. they've done it without tanks, without firing a single shot. ukraine's navy is either under russian guard or gone. its army now surrounded by moscow's men. russian soldiers on the march in ukraine. this unit is taking up positions outside a ukrainian army base. the objective? to take it from troops who were once their comrades in the soviet army. but times and loyalties have changed. the russians have come prepared for a fight. behind the gate, the ukrainian troops a
's characterizing the situation in ukraine and the actions of the russian federation. the colleagues we discussed the crisis, a crisis which should not have taken place. in order for it to occur there was no objective reason for it to happen. there was and there still is a fraternal country of ukraine, our neighbor. if you talk about this in terms of the last fall situation, the legally elected president yanukovych he is relying on a democratically-elected parliament. truly the country is dealing with a serious economic challenges and with the leadership of ukraine, they have serious decisions to make. in particular, they need to make a decision whether they will join or they will assign an agreement of association with the eu. this is a complex decision. one of the mistakes of the ukrainian leadership maybe was the fact that at the last minute they realized that that agreement on association that was being proposed by brussels could have economic consequences for ukraine. in these conditions, the ukrainian leadership, the president took a decision that is fully constitutional and it fully meets
russian counterpart, to try to convince russia to pull back its military push into ukraine. russian troops control the crimean peninsula. and president putin says his troops stand ready to protect ukraine's russian-speaking population from any vengeful actions by the country's new pro-european government. secretary kerry says there's nothing to suggest that russian ukrainians are in any jeopardy. >> they would have you believe that kiev is trying to destabilize crimea. or that somehow russian leaders invited intervention. not a single piece of credible evidence supports any one of these claims. >> for now, european leaders are pushing a diplomatic plan to station u.n. observers in ukraine to *ensure that russian ukrainians are safe. when european leaders meet tomorrow, they will consider sanctions against russia, if there is no de-escalation in the crisis. taking a look at the *other top stories this morning. this man is charged with aggravated battery. jose garcia is jailed on 400- thousand dollars bond after police say he shook his three- week-old daughter repeatedly, causing severe tra
, on the territory of ukraine, the president of the russian federation has not taken that decision. now, the how to get out of this situation, i repeat, as mr. eliason said quite correctly, we need cooler heads to prevail. and we have to get back to the political constitutional path. we need to go back to the agreement of the 25th of february and establish a national unity government. and we need to put an end to attempts to converse with opponents, ethnic opponents, political with force international events that have stirred up interest in ukraine that we need to sideline the radicals, and we have to -- with those opponents in kiev, they have to get away from the radicals. and they have to get back to the territory of ukraine. because such actions that they're taking could lead to very difficult developments, which the russian federation is trying to avoid. thank you very much, madam president. >> translator: i thank the representative of the russian federation. and i now give the floor to the representative of the united states. >> thank you, madam president. the united states renews our call
to you? russian has decided to pick a fight with ukraine and supporters around the world, and how those supporters express their displeasure may effect russian economy with risks to its neighbors. >> reporter: global powers to the east and west discuss ways to prevent escalation after the weekend takeover. pro russian troops have taken over and russia said it's not their military. in paris u.s. secretary of state john kerry met with russian foreign ministers sergei lavrov in a session that was intended to be about lebanon. >> the suspending u.s.-russia engagement, and suspending g-8 summit. russia made a choice. we believe it is a wrong choice, the choice to move troops into crimea. >> reporter: on wednesday the european union offered ukraine $15 billion in aid. the same amount russia offered the country before former ukrainian president viktor yanukovych ouster. the e.u. plans to meet thursday about the possibility of sanctions but so far the group has treaded lightly. >> crisis diplomacy is not a weakness but it is more important than ever for us not to fall into the abyss of a milita
. >>> grave concern tonight over the situation in ukraine. russian troops are given the go- ahead to use military force to protect its interest in there. >> the situation in ukraine has grown more dire by the hour. the country is acting president has ordered ukraine forces at full readiness. extra security is ordered a nuclear power plants and airports. the united states is condemning russia for entering ukrainian territory and is calling on russia to withdraw. the united nations held an emergency meeting today. >> pro-western demonstrators storm and administration building in the southern ukraine. in the russian speaking east protesters clash with the newly elected ukrainian government. after russia's president got the greenlight from parliament saturday to proceed with military intervention. russian troops are already in control of parts of the crimea peninsula. they say they're protecting their interests in the reason. in response the ukraine's acting prime prime minister put the armed forces on full combat alert. members of the un security council gathered here for emergency meeting
before 2014. ukraine leading up to today. russia tightened its grip in ukraine on monday. russian soldiers are now in control of all ukrainian border posts. tensions remain high. 1 example: earlier in the day, there was a report by the inter fax news agency that the russia's black sea fleet commander issued an ultimatum warping ukraine's military. the russian ministry of defense called that report total nonsense. president obama meeting with israeli netanyahu vowed to keep up the diplomatic pressure on russia. >> with impunity to put its soldiers on the ground and violate basic principles, and i think the strong kind of name it's received from indicates the degree to which russia is on the wrong side of history on this. >> president obama said from ukrainian government. >> those in crimea, they are illegal. i would repeat. illegal they tried to squeeze ukrainian assets, tried to confiscate ukrainian property, disarm the ukrainian army for these kind of actions, they have to know. >> leaders in kiev and other world capitols fear ukraine's eastern regions may be next. russian forei
the russian majority region and the rest of ukraine. russian troops also are set to have surrounded the state television facility, some are calling it, and i'm quoting it now, an armed invasion of the country. all of this coming just six days after the ukrainian president, viktor yanukovych, was driven from the capital following deadly demonstrations against this pro-moscow president. let's go to our senior white house correspondent jim askos sta. explain this for us. >> president obama was supposed to be out here 15 minutes ago so he's running late. he was expected to be at the democratic committee at this hour, wolf, laying out his midterm strategy for his party. instead he'll be here in the briefing room talking about ukraine. we've been pressing white house officials as to what is going on on the ground in crimea, just who those forces are with the black insignia on and while there are assumptions that it may be russian forces but it will be interesting to hear what the president has to say about that. the united states has been warning russia that it would be a grave mistake to intervene
have special coverage today of our top story. the growing crisis in ukraine. the russian parliament has approved president vladimir putin to authorize the force in ukraine. this comes in a scheduled referendum for increasing its autonomy. for days we've seen armed men patrolling there. they're meeting to discuss their next step to discuss a mediation mission. the european union will address its discussion on monday. >>> what are the people expecting from the russians? >> you know, as the news broke that the russians have authorized the use of force, there is celebration here 60% of the population is ethnic russian, and they feel that the russians are protecting them. they felt a lot of unease about what is going on in kiev. they've been watching television reports for months calling the now government thieves, thugs, fascists. they have created roadblocks to protect themselves from these people. and we have seen armed men and their military uniforms with no distinguishing insignificant knee i can't iininsignificaninst building until a few hours ago. a lot going on here. and now with rus
awareness about relationship violence. >>> and now no the crisis in ukraine. today, russian president vladimir putin said that he did not send the russian forces to crim crimea. his remarks stunned world leaders, but at the same time tensions seem to be easing. steve handelsman has more. >> and yes, thank you, doreen. some saw the news conference and thought that putin had taken leave of his senses, but he did try to lower the temperature of the crisis. >> reporter: russian president vladimir putin was reassuring to some. he said force was not needed for now in ukraine. and he pulled russian troops from the border. but putin claim ed that ukrainians are living in terror, and he denied that he put the russian army into crimea, south ukraine. they are local self-defense forces, putin said. some of the troops fired warning shots today near ukrainian forces. president obama said that russia is not fooling anyone, and he does not respect ukrainian democracy. >> and mr. putin can throw a lot of words out there, but the facts on the ground indicate that right now, he is not abiding by that p
in crimea. it's a region of ukraine home to the black sea fleet and a mostly-russian population. the u.s. says it's a russian invasion and occupation, and demanding that troops withdraw. the u.n. security council met in an emergency session yesterday. >> it's time for the russian intervention in ukraine to end. the russian military must stand down. >> reporter: during a 90-minute call on sunday, president putin told president obama that russia has the right to defend its interests and russian people. other international leaders joined with the u.s. british prime minister david cameron saying there's no excuse. canada recalling their ambassador from moscow. this as pro-russia fervor sweeps eastern ukraine. flags torn down from government buildings, pro-russia protesters savagely beating those who support ukraine's new government. ukraine now more divided than ever. and the prospect of war growing ever closer. it's now a high-stakes gate waiting to see who moves next. will russia complete the take over and possibly other parts or bow to american and international pressure? george. >> tha
. >> ukraine... >> chaos in ukraine as russian gunmen sees the airport in crimea. moscow raises financial aid. >> preparing to speak - viktor yanukovych to address his removal of power as he hides out in rush a ia -- russia. >> the new look. >> the fight for freedom for our al jazeera colleagues detained in egypt. people around the world rally for their release. >> hi there. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm thomas drayton. we begin with a crisis in ukraine. moscow is trying to hold on to ties with ukraine. russian president vladimir putin ordered his deposit to discuss possible financial aid for ukraine with international partners, and is asking the government to consider humanitarian aid. the south is seeing backlash to the new ukrainian government. there has been a wave of protests and reports that gunmen in russian-marked uniforms seized the main airport. this was taken at the airport, a dark image of men in helmets. 50 armed men were there. earlier another group of pro-russian gunmen took control. lawrence lee takes a look at the rising tensions in crimea. >> there's attempts made to tu
is to rebuild the near brood, to have the old russian empire restored as much as possible, and ukraine is a crown jewel of that, and the president has played right into putin's hands. >> and you can hear more of senator mccain's interview at 9:00 eastern on "america tonight." and let's go to the center of this crisis, nick schifrin is live in crimea with more. nick, what are you hearing there? >> reporter: well, john, the occupation by russian troops is growing, and the existence as far as we can tell is nonexistent. we traveled out there this area today every base we went to had a russian flag flying over it, russian troops were occupying their bases. they were relaxed, eating food in front of us, smiling, and laughing down the road from one of them. they were digging trenches around an armory, and we saw no evidence of any kind of resistance from anyone in the ukrainian military or the ukrainian government which has apparently told its soldiers not to shoot unless the russians are shooting at them, which they are not doing. there are more of them than there were yesterday, and they a
reports from crimea, ukraine, where russian troops are now in control. cia insider mike morell is in studio 57 as the white house struggles for options. >>> snow disrupts the commute for millions cancelled thousands of flights, and paralyzes the nation's capital. >>> plus a night of newcomers at the oscars. "e.t.'s" nancy o'dell was out with the big winners. joe joins us. >>> first, we begin with today's "eye-opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> we don't want a return to the cold war. nobody wants this kind of action. there are going to be repercussions. >> russian and ukraine stand at the brink of war. >> hundreds of russian soldiers surrounding a military base. >> navy movements have also been sighted in the black sea. >> john kerry headed to kiev to show support for the new leader. >> i think putin is playing chess, and i think we're playing marbles, and i don't think it's even close. >> 100 million people are waking up to ice, snow plunging temperatures. >> washington braces for nearly a foot -- >> 2,000 flights grounded nationwide. >> it will be another
and ukraine. there's a sense of pride in this part of the country, signs are not in russian, they're in ukrainian, a different letter alphabet. certainly in crimea, predominantly they do speak russian. language is a big issue and it's been made a big issue by the russians themselves, because there's been a plan to make ukrainian the official language and push russian out of the schools. of course, that makes the russian population in ukraine absolutely inpur infuriated. culture is part of this and that in many ways is what they are fighting about. >> the situation having a major impact on the world's financial markets, the dow lower right now 232 points. it has been in negative territory by triple digits all morning, exchanges in london, paris and frankfurt dropping as much as 3% today. >> in russia, moscowed main stock market falling 11%, raising interest rates to boost the ruble, the currency dipped to a record low against the dollar in trading today. the situation in ukraine could be affecting how much you pay at the pump. russia, one of the world's largest producers of oil and
putin's proposal to use the russian troops on the territory of ukraine until the political situation stabilizes. secondly this is effective on the day of its a less do 67 it . >> reporter: it took less than a their authorize force in ukraine. in britain the foreign second william haige summoned the russian ambassador and economies expressed his concern. >> we are very concerned with the escalation of tensions in the ukraine particularly in crimea and particularly about the did he since russian parliament this afternoon to authorize military action in ukraine without the consents of the ukrainian authorities. this is potentially a grave threat to the independence, the sovereignty, and the territorial integrity of ukraine. >> reporter: the even u. says it would hold an emergency meeting of foreign minister to his discuss a response. the russian decision does not call for military action but does clear it. it president putin decides to act. the legal reasoning sites a anybody of clauses within agreements between ukraine and russia. as well as the russian constitution. that legal framewo
with a look at today's eye opener your world in 90 seconds. >> russian president vladimir putin says ukraine's ousted president is the only legitimate leader of the country and what's happening now is a coup. >> russia stands its ground in ukraine. >> shots fired in an attempt to control the advancing ukrainian troops, coming back to their base. >> we have the top -- >> secretary of state john kerry touched down in ukraine this morning. >> ukraine's navy reportedly ordered to surrender or be stormed. >> russia is on the wrong side of history on this. >>> deep freeze settling in. 45 outside of dallas was turned into a parking lot. >> i'm going back the other way. >> i just want to go home. >>> today is primary day in several states. the most high-profile race is in texas. state senator wendy davis is expected to grab the democratic nomination for governor. >>> it is fat tuesday, annual mardi gras parade bourbon street already packed with partier s partiers. >>> bill gates once again is the richest person in the world with a net worth of $76 billion. >>> national corve
-- explicit in condemning russian actions. he said it was a violation of international treaties. the ukraine commission is holding its own meetings. we do not know if they will call officially for nato to draw contingent plans for military involvement. nato and ukraine are very close. ukraine was once a member of nato. they have been involved in several nato missions in afghanistan and her cup. several nato members share a border with ukraine. at the same time, there is not really a willingness by nato to get involved militarily. no one wants an open conflict with russia. too much is at stake. we have one of the diplomatic channels to build pressure on russia. we are trying to stop this action. >> foreign ministers are set to meet tomorrow. inthere is a high interest not risking open conflict of russia. if you look at the situation in , oneo -- european union third come from russia. there are strong economic ties. they do not want to risk that russia will not stop at the crimea. nobody wants that. russell's is overwhelmed with what is happening. there are emergency meetings after emergency m
by telephone hours after the russian parliament gave putin the okay to send troops into the ukraine. tonight the white house is warning the kremlin against what it calls the continuing violation of law. earlier the security team met to discuss u.s. options in a rare saturday session. while in ukraine itself there were growing signs that russia has already taken control over the crimea region. we have coverage today with bill neely in crimea. good evening, bill. >> reporter: yes, the crisis here in crimea is deepening, lester, so too, are worries about an imminent russian takeover. ukraine is certainly worried. the russian president has been put on alert. russian boots on the ground in ukraine. they're hiding their identities, their units are not marked. they are there to protect russia's interest. they have a naval base manned by thousands but many are now off base and in the streets right behind the russian speaking majority here, and there may be more, many more on the way. russia's parliament voted to approve the use of a russian force in ukraine. president putin asked for it, he got it u
categorical that he did not want russian intervention into ukraine. now, you know, he's still in russia. he didn't come out and announce it. it was just some letter that he sent to putin. obviously he must be under some extraordinary pressure to have reversed his thinking in just the last few days. >> anderson cooper in kiev, i want to ask you, i have heard anecdotally from friends who have relatives in eastern and southern ukraine and these people are afraid, afraid of what might some one with russian troops there. is there movement of citizens from other parts of ukraine into kiev, the western part of the country that will probably be the last place to fall if russians actually do invade? >> reporter: you know, i don't have direct evidence of that. it would not surprise me, certainly. we speak about these russian-speaking parts of ukraine, eastern ukraine and also crimea. there are other groups as well in crimea. some 60% are russian-speaking ethnic russians but 40% of people from other background who are muslims and others as well. so it is not a monolithic block. the borders are pretty
group held signs demanding russia with draw. many ukraines cast doubt on the claim russian citizens are receiving threats in ukraine. >> russian speaking population seeks protection from putin is propaganda, since i never heard that anybody who speaks russian being opressed in ukraine ever. and i lived there for 33 years. >> these protesters pointed out adolph hitler used the same excuse, protecting german citizens, when he annexed parts of second slovakia 76 years ago. >> caltrain on veils the blueprint for going green but could thousands of trees be on the chopping block to make that happen? we'll go live to holy -- hollywood and check in on what is knew for viewers on the revved carpet. >> abc7 is the only place to see the oscars live tomorrow. and we're giving away free movie tickets for a year through our facebook page to celebrate the. there will be seven winners, today's winner is annie s from concord. just like us as news and fill out the entry form so we know how to get in touch if you if you win. ♪ turn around ♪ every now and then i get a little bit h
. >>> developing news on the unfolding situation in ukraine. president obama spoke today to russian president vladimir putin for 90 minutes about moscow's violation of ukraineon sovereignty and territorial swig grit. --bill integrity. putin received permission from the russian parliament to invade ukraine, citing the need to protect moscow citizens. yesterday mr. obama warned putin there would be costs if russia invadeddianin. >> russias actions sparked a protest in san francisco. the antirussian group held signs demanding russia with draw. many ukraines cast doubt on the claim russian citizens are receiving threats in ukraine. >> russian speaking population seeks protection from putin is propaganda, since i never heard that anybody who speaks russian being opressed in ukraine ever. and i lived there for 33 years. >> these protesters pointed out adolph hitler used the same excuse, protecting german citizens, when he annexed parts of second slovakia 76 years ago. >> caltrain on veils the blueprint for going green but could thousands of trees be on the chopping block to make that happen? we'll
the nation." the crisis in ukraine intensifies. >> with russian forces in crimea. call up their reserves and begs the international community for help. >> we are on the brink of disaster. >> we'll go to ukraine for the latest nice. we'll hear from secretary of state john kerry and secretary of defense chuck hagel. we'll have analysis on all of it from our panel of experts and with russia once more in the news we'll look back at a milestone "face the nation" interview. 60 years of news because this is "face the nation." captioning sponsored by cbs >> schieffer: good morning again there are developments from overnight on the crisis in ukraine. russian president sad her putin has moved troops in to crimea that is region where mostly russian speaking population, a move that the ukrainian prime minister says is a declaration of war. vladimir putin and president obama spoke yesterday for 90 minutes a conversation the white house described as the toughest of the obama presidency. as for ukraine, a new government there is mobilizing its reserves and authorizing the call up of all men under the
interests. russian citizens and speaking people, not just in crimea, but in the east of ukraine itself. when he went to parliament and sought permission for the use of force he talked about using force on the territory of ukraine, not confined to crimea itself. it would seem at the very least it is opening the possibility of a further military incursion into that eastern region of ukraine itself when it comes to crimea, it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine a scenario where vladimir putin is prepared to allow that to fall under the direct control of kiev once again and ultimately risk losing the naval base which is strategically important to russia to protect power into the black sea and mediterranean and beyond. which leaves only a few options. you touched on the possibility of using this as leverage for a negotiated settlement but at the moment the acting ukrainian president can't get vladimir putin on the phone. there is then the possibility of stoking and enforcing separatism or the ultimate conclusion which is annexation into the russian federation. >> fascinating. joining me now
? >> russia believes very strongly russian speaking citizens of ukraine, russian citizens in ukraine are under threat. this is what they have been saying and reporting on russian television consistently through the the crisis up to the revolution that took place. the position of the russian government, position reported by russian television is ukrainian nationalists threatening rights, interests, even lies of those close to russia. that continues to be the decree. >> putting the russian story very much into question. phil black in moscow. thank you very much. going to belgium where nato ambassadors met on the crisis in ukrainian. live outside nato headquarters, erin, i was listening to what the secretary-general was talking about. it was interesting only once did he make reference to the fact that russia has to pull out of ukraine and go back, withdraw to its military bases. other than that condemnation, great concern. what did you take away? >> these would be considered strong words from secretary-general. the press conference he held following hours of meetings, two separate meetings at nat
russians in the ukraine and again i wouldn't be surprised based on comments from the ukrainian ambassador it u.n. -- gerri: here is the president. president barack obama. listen in. >> over the last several days the united states have been responding to events as they unfold in ukraine. throughout this crisis we have been very clear about one fundamental principle, the ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. together with our european allies we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stablized their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring. i also spoke several days ago with president putin and my administration has been in daily communication with russian officials and we made clear they can be part of an international community's effort to support the stability and success of a united ukraine going forward which is not only in the interests of people of ukraine and international community but also in russia's interests. however we are now deeply concerned by reports of m
's could run out of water. >>> tensions continue to escalate in ukraine. the russian government insists it has a right to protect its interests in the region. ukraine's acting president responded by putting his military on high alert warning further intervention could lead to war. >> the russian federation constitutes an act of aggression. >> in a tense 90-minute phone call today, president obama advised putin to step back. >>> meanwhile, don knapp shows us the bay area's ukrainian community is watching and worrying. >> i have family in the ukraine. children and grandchildren. i have my brother in ukraine. so many relatives. i'm so worried. >> reporter: in campbell, 40 or 50 ukrainian citizens went to church. >> so huge corruption. so huge corruption in ukraine. it is not possible for people to be happy and have future. >> reporter: the moves by the russian military prompted this demonstration in san francisco at the russian consulate. >> i think they should stay out. they should let us deal with our problems, and definitely not sending the military is the right way to do this. >> repor
. >>> president obama warned russia about sending military into ukraine. russian transport planes and helicopters were seen landing in eastern ukraine what appears to be a russian invasion and president obama's response. >> reporter: president obama issued a strong warning to russia not to intervene in ukraine. >> the u.s. will stand with the international community in affirming there will be costs for any military intervention in ukraine. >> reporter: it was in response to reports russian armored personnel carriers and armed gun men in military uniform were seen. u.s. officials sea evidence of russian air and sea movements into and out of the region. >> any violation of ukraine's sovereignty would be deeply destabilizing which is not in the interest of ukraine, russia or europe. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerri raised the issue with his russian counter part earlier friday. >> the question is whether or not what is happening now might be crossing a line in any way. >> reporter: meanwhile in russia, the ousted ukrainian president emerged for the first time since last week. he held a pres
patience with putin. washington warning the kremlin to stand down now in ukraine. russian forces are on the move. journalists from the "associated press" report they've spotted a convoy of russian troops making its way through southern ukraine. the same region where armed men in full battle gear have now seized and taken control of two airports. we'll show you where this is happening. crimea region on the black sea, critical port area where russia has a huge navy base. wear hearing from the ex-president of ukraine and he is in russia and is getting president putin's protection. he says despite the bloodshed he is still the rightful ruler and started his news conference with a clear sign of frustration. see the break there? the former president snapped his pen in half. went on place blame for his problems on the west and the united states. >> translator: irresponsible by the west. but ukraine is a strong country and we well overcome it. >> that was awful, that translation. i have know idea what he said but he is blaming us. enough with putin clearly siding with the man whose ukrai
to take his hands off ukraine. if the russians took more aggressive action, these students said they would resist. >> we will fight because it is our country and our territory. defense, ministry of armed troops appeared at the gates as reservists were told to resume their duty. this colonel said at any minute we are ready to do our duty to protect our country. our patriotic spirit has never been higher. the word here is they did not want to give russia reason to start a shooting war. the foreign secretary, william hague, who was visiting key of them allayed plant at the site where protesters had been shot by snipers. he called on russia to withdraw its troops. situation cannot resolve, if russia cannot respect the sovereignty and integrity of ukraine, there will have to be other consequences. >> here, the foreign secretary was listened to closely. he said there would be consequences for russia but did not spell out what they might be. there are no military options on the table but the question is whether the west is prepared to try to isolate russia economically. the crisis is dividing fam
. ukraine tonight put its military forces on full combat alert and warned that russian military intervention in ukraine would be the beginning of war. this hours after the russian parliament voted unanimously to authorize the deployment of russian troops in ukraine. earlier today russian forces effectively seized control of crimea, an area that has been part of ukraine for the past 60 years, but is home to the russian black sea fleet and skirmishes between pro-ukrainian and pro-russian loyalists have already broken out in ukraine. the vote to authorize russian troops to ukraine came less than 24 hours after president obama called on russia to respect ukraine's sovereignty and warned of costs to russia if it did not. a convoy of more than 20 russian military vehicles, some carrying troops, was observes traveling to crimea, and ukraine accused russia from sending troops into the region. russia kwa says the troops had already been deployed to guard important sites, including russian facility. for more about you will of this we're joined by charles kutchin, with the council on foreign relations.
. you see russian tanks outside of the ukraine bases issue they have been moving into position, forces of russia, moving into position around the facility and bases on the cripplia, as of right now -- crimea, they have surrounded 10 military and naval bases, russia ambassador to united nations, claiming that deposed president yanukovich formally requested that russian military intervene to protect ethnic russians in crimean peninsula, here is ambassador va tally this afternoon. >> president has received of russia received following from president yanukovich, i quote, statements of president of ukraine. say that the events in my place, and in kiev, have resulted in fact that i would call on mr. putin is establish peace, law an "law & order", defending people of ukraine. lou: our ambassador. samantha power blasting the rush rob an federation calling their justification for mill ta rising cirmea, a lie. ambassador power did not use the wording invasion or incurring to describe the russian military act in crimea. >> so many assersions made this afternoon are without basis, it is a fact tha
of framework in the russian contusion and the agreement that his exist between ukraine and russia particularly a 1997 agreement in which they said that in there is any threat to security, in particular to that navel base i mentioned that russia can take steps to protect the security of the peninsula there. so there is some wording, but there has already been a lot of criticism about the way that they have jumped through hoops and used loopholes and legal ease to get the vote pass today make it look -- to basically put an official face on it. it wasn't a hard vote to get through. the upper house pretty much rubber stamped it but there will be a lot of looking at how they manage to justify this in legal terms, if, indeed they send more troops in eventually. >> phil reporting live from moscow tonight, thank you. >>> ukraine's prime minister has warned any russian intervention would lead to war. the new government in kiev has asked the united nations for helpful u.n. security council has been meeting this afternoon to discuss its next steps and for more on the challenges ahead let's go to nick sch
to the ukrainian interim president, basically to show u.s. support for ukraine not only with russian troops entering the area, but also with this political upheaval that's going on for several months, culminating in the ousting of president yatsenyuk, right now the u.s. has to show support, even as it answers russian military moves, it can also show it's pressure on russia by reporting -- ukraine is very fragile right now, it needs all this natural gas. by showing support for the ukraine, that's putting pressure on washington. >> fred, is standing by what's the latest there? >> reporter: the late zest that the russians are still waiting to see what if any troops movements they're going to see. the latest that we're hearing from the kremlin is that apparently at this point in time it's not clear what a decision has been made to use those forces yet. prime minister medvedev was on the phone with the leadership in ukraine, he assured them at this point in time the kremlin has not decided whether or not to actually deploy the forces that were ok'd today by the parliament, those forces don't nam
that russian troops entered to protect russians in ukraine. >> russian speaking population speak some kind of protection from putin i think is propaganda. since i never heard the anybody who speaks russian being oppressed in ukraine ever . and i lived there for 33 years. >> demonstrators protested the cameras of the russian consulate were watching, but no one was responding. demonstrators wanted to make the point they're not just ukrainians opposed to what they think russia is going to do but they are members of other ethnic groups who are also opposed. >>> the newest candidate to join in the races platform has just got clout crowded. >>> we're campaigning for more rain in the area. we will look at rain totals and return with the forecast after the break we love this kitchen! what's next? great! do you have measurements? yeah, i paced it off. it's about twenty by twelve of these. so, we can measure, plan and install it for you. yea, let's do that! ikea. professional kitchen services at a low price. woah, this kitchen is beautiful! give him the tour. let me show you! soft-close drawers, far
and mudslide. >> the crisis deeing in now in ukraine where the upper house of the russian parliament has approved vladimir putin's request to use force. this comes after a referendum on increasing autonomy. for days we have seen the russian military moving around the region. phil, the unofficial leader appeal to russia for help. is this why putin asked parliament to send in troops? >> reporter: all along they said should there be a cry for help from ukraine they would not ignore it. this vote today has been quite significant, and it's been fascinating to watch. let me tell you what's happened already. in less than an hour' debated this situation and avoted to approve action possibility of military force not in crimea but as it's worded in this document the territory of ukraine. now they have said in numerous debates that they are most concerned about crimea and the russian population there. but the way this is written is much loosing. it took less than an hour to vote for this, and they're talking about other motions including a number of issues concerning ukraine and also a number of is
the russian president is given permission to put troops in ukraine. vladimir putin warns of a threat for russians in the area. we're going to be going live to the capitol where we'll speak to rory in moscow, but first let's go to our diplomatic editor james bays. james, round two at the united nations. what are the expectations regarding the latest development? >> i think the expectations are pretty low. closed door meetings starting in an hour's time, and i think most people assume that it will be pretty similar to the meeting that took place 24 hours ago, but in an even more charged atmosphere. i think behind those closed doors you'll have denunciation of russian by western nations. you'll have russia fighting back. afterwards i expect to hear from key players speaking to the press. but i think its likely to be deadlock around the security council table. there is frantic diplomacy going on in other parts of the world, too. with regard to the u.n. there is an u.n. envoy robert suri who has been in ukraine. he tried to make a trip from ukraine to--or from kiev to crimea to try to med
for the russian intervention in ukraine to end. >> tough talk at the u.n. as ukraine goes on high alert. the security council calls on emergency meeting. >> mass soldiers in the street. russia seizes control of a key region and prepares to send more troops. >> dangerous mudslides threaten homes in southern california - hundreds forced to leave their homes. >> carnivale is under way in brazil. we take you behind the scenes of a samba school where they learn how to party. [ ♪ music ] >> there is concern ukraine's crisis could morph into a war with russia. ukraine's russian president says military intervention will lead to conflict. country's soldiers are on high alert. >> russia is in control of crimea. uniformed armed gunmen control the streets. it's a move that has been welcomed. demonstrators rallied in the street supporting the intervention. the parliament approved vladimir putin's request to use military force, prompting a special meeting by the united nations security council. the united states wants the u.n. to deploy observers to the ukraine. president obama had a long phone ca
that the russian military now controls the crimean peninsula. it's aggression is a threat to ukraine and the region's peace and stability. russia's latest action is yet another indicator that vladimir putin's hegemonic ambitions threaten u.s. interests and allies around the world." president obama today said the ukranian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future and he is in daily communication with russian officials. more of what we said. we made a late decision today to address the press in a briefing room. >> we are now deeply concerned by reports. >> this is just being reported as i drove over here. i don't want to confirm it yet. if it's true obviously it's a major escalation in what russia is doing inside ukraine. but even if it's not true, it's a very dangerous situation, extremely tense. >> here you have pro-russian forces who have been put into place. >> jim, obviously the fact that president obama himself spoke out about this underscores the concern within the white house right now. congressman mike rogers saying russian forces control crimea. what's the latest from you
country, and that is ukraine. we have seen some, but there may be more russian troops inside of the ukrainian borders and mostly in the crimea area to the south. they say they need production, but it is called a dangerous slide toward war. and throughout ukraine and not just crimea, there are protesters fighting with the crowds, and they have already toppled the highest level government. the ukrainian president left office and fled to russia. white house correspondent jim acosta is with me, and fred polite jen is in moscow, and we will start with jim. first the president made it clear that e he is going to stand with the international community in handling the message with ukraine, and it was a tough message in the 90-minute phone call? >> yes, it was a tough message and we know that the presidents spoke a week and a day ago, but developments have been move sog qui quickly in ukraine with the russian involvement that the president came down hard today in if statement. he said that the united states condemns russia's military intervention in the crimean territory, and i want t
in ukraine. >> the president phoned him to express his deep concern over russian violation over ukraine sovereignty. he cautioned his russian counterpart to diffuse tension by withdrawing troops. that message wa reiterated at the united nations. it was a televised session over the objections of russia. could push a tense situation beyond the breaking point. the u.s. could stop taking part in preparations for the g-8 summit in sochi. home, there at university of maryland is offering five years of free credit monitoring service because of the data breach. that has been extended from the previous announcement for one year of credit monitoring. had than 300,000 people their social security number stolen. they set up a hotline for students and staff who been impacted. more than 40,000 calls were made in three hours. coming up, a story we will see only on seven, growing concern over the targets of violence. what is being done to keep you safe? weather center, can you believe we're talking about yet another weather storm, and >> we are back with a story you will only see on 7. the emergency nu
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